Have you ever felt that you were running on a treadmill at full speed with the key to turning it off in your hand; but you were trying to juggle all of the pins that were flying at you from all sides, and couldn’t let go long enough to turn the key?
It sounds like something out of a cartoon, but isn’t that what we do just about every day of our lives? The treadmill represents life, and realize there are twenty-four hours in every day, of every month, of every year, that we are on this planet. It doesn’t speed up or slow down; it is always steadily ticking one second at a time, and no matter how busy we become; we can make wise choices to pace our lives in time with God’s purpose for us. This may require waiting for the Lord to prepare the path before us, so that he can protect us from losing our way.
Naturally, this sounds like an awesome plan to me. So, please tell me why in the world would I want to run any faster ahead of where God has already cleared the way? I’m the one who keeps frantically pushing the speed control button to get to the promise, faster.
There’s usually a problem when I become impatient. God hasn’t completely cleared the path; so,while I am stressing out and running to full capacity, people are throwing pins through the air for me to catch and juggle.
You know, all of those gigantic problems that obviously nobody can solve but us. So we take one and deal with it; then, another one gets added; and the first one still isn’t resolved; so instead of tossing it into God’s hands, in prayer, we add a third one and hope that by the time it gets back in our hands we will be able to deal with it; then, you guessed it, we are more than likely still trying to get off of the treadmill, as we keep catching more and more pins.
It may sound hopeless at this point, but I have found the key to the treadmill: drop the pins and push the button. Just raise your hands and give it to God. Sure, the pins will fall to the floor; something might not get accomplished; put it in God’s hands.
It’s time to back up to where we started adding speed to our pace on the treadmill of life, and turn it off. No matter how fast you go through your day, you will still have twenty-four hours; so it’s not worth getting ahead of God’s purpose for your life. He can juggle the pins for a while, and you can rest at his feet, as you wait on him to make the way. Let his will unfold in your life, today.
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).